More unsuprising news

The US is an plutocracy with a democratic facade.


Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business
interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens
and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence. The results provide
substantial support for theories of Economic Elite Domination and for theories of Biased
Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism.

It seems to be an interesting read.  I’ve mostly only skimmed it so far.  The methodology is lacking some precision, but they are at least up front about that.  Some questions that come to my mind are: How do you control for voter turn out when considering Majoritarian Electoral Demorcary and how do we change things?  Given that just over half of the eligible electorate actually participates in elections, there seems to be a possible disconnect between the general public’s interest and the voting public’s interest.  In fact, voter turnout is biased in many ways.  So that leads to the question: do those who actually vote influence policy, even if the general public does not?  If they do, then the answer to my second question is to get more people to vote.  I don’t know how to do this.  I know many people are apathetic, many because they don’t see their vote as influencing policy.  This attitude might be self-fulfilling.  Otherwise, getting money out of politics might help.  I won’t be holding my breath waiting for that.

h/t: Ophelia


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